Back in high school, I was in the marching band (flute section!) and during those few years, we had a pretty tight-knit group. Between late practices, weekends at competitions and sweating out band camp in the blazing sun of August, we had a lot in common by the end of the year (sunburn, smelling bad..). One of the main things everyone in our group loved was, of course, food! Most gatherings or hangouts revolved (more…)
If there’s going to be one thing that my husband and I agree wholeheartedly on, it’s chocolate desserts. He’s 100% a chocolate or die kind of guy, craving the kind of desserts that are chocolate on chocolate (like these sweet cookies), while I’ll gladly take any chocolate dessert, but also love a fruity dessert thrown in there occasionally too. Really, I’ve been testing these vegan deep dish brownies to celebrate (more…)
A chocolate spiced version of the ultimate holiday cookie, vegan gingerbread gets a dark chocolate twist!
I’ll keep this one short and sweet, because Christmas is almost here and I know we all have presents to wrap/cookies to eat/hot chocolate to spike and there isn’t enough time for it all. As with years past, I’m creating a Christmas cookie recipe in partnership with my favorite (more…)
Vegan spice cookies with a coffee glaze, take them to your next cookie exchange or keep them all for yourself! Recipe from The Vanilla Bean Baking Book.
It’s been almost a couple weeks now since I’ve had a fresh recipe, ah! Between going on vacation last week to Punta Cana (yes, it was amazing and no I didn’t want to come back to the snow) and starting to battle a cold, I took a little bit of a break from recipe testing and posting. But, (more…)
Vegan linzer cookies get a chocolate twist with a homemade nutella filling, perfect for holiday baking!
Cookie baking season is upon us! Although I’ve had some flops over the last few weeks (I’m buying coconut oil in bulk at this point), I’ve had these vegan linzer cookies with nutella on my mind for quite some time now. I don’t usually (more…)
Looking for a perfect vegan Thanksgiving dinner? Look no further than these recipes, from sides to desserts!
Tomorrow is the big day and we all have pies to either prepare or eat, so I’m going to keep this short and sweet! We had a Friendsgiving this past Sunday and I have to say, it was kind of my favorite. Being surrounded by some of our favorite friends and eating lots of good food and drinking wine with them was pretty much the best. A lot of our friends here (almost all of them) work in news, like my husband, so they all have to work on the actual holiday. After a few texts and a little bit of ‘who is bringing the mashed potatoes?’, we threw together a Friendsgiving with minimal planning and lots of food. I can’t tell you how happy it made me to cook a big meal, invite them all over and spend a whole evening with some of the best people around. I was going to cook a typical Thanksgiving meal a week early for my husband and I anyway, so sharing it with dear friends just made our new tradition even sweeter! Seriously, if you are thinking about throwing a Friendsgiving next year, just go ahead and do it.
Now, onto the recipes! I wanted to use tried and true recipes that I knew weren’t going to fail me and avoiding the risk of testing out new recipes on a big meal like this one. All of these were fairly easy, stuck close to their traditional counterpart and were already vegan or easily vegan-ized with a few ingredient swaps. I will say, as much as I wanted to make the rolls homemade, I was just afraid of having too many irons in the fire and losing my mind. So, in the end, we went with store bought dinner rolls (but, these would be perfect if you go the homemade route!) and one of our friends brought over the mashed potatoes. I could have done it all, but was glad I didn’t after the whole thing was said and done! If there is any lesson I learned in hosting Friendsgiving, it’s to let other help, even if you’re stubborn. Trying to ‘do it all’ would have been possible, but I probably would have been cranky, stressed out and hangry in the process. Let others do a little lifting and take the extra help, you won’t regret it!
Drinks: We had everyone bring beer/wine and kept things pretty simple!
Appetizers: Some of our guests brought an amazing dip and crackers, so again, this is a good thing to outsource.
Green bean casserole: I used this recipe from The Faux Martha and made a few swaps. I swapped the heavy cream for unsweetened almond milk and let the sauce part cook for a bit longer to thicken up a bit. I also swapped out the butter for olive oil and it turned out perfectly!
Roasted brussels sprouts: I’ve used my friend Liz’s recipe for these the last 2 years and they never fail! I also used a cheat and got the sprouts pre sliced from Trader Joe’s, but whole would do just fine too, if you aren’t feeling pressed for time like I was.
Whole grain stuffing: This one took a lot of research! Last year I did extensive research into stuffing, trying to find one that didn’t lean too heavily on celery (my husband hates it) and wasn’t too stuffing like (I don’t love stuffing). This recipe from A Couple Cooks has been a hit and has quite possibly made a stuffing lover out of me.
Mashed Potatoes: Brought by friends, but I know this olive oil mashed potato recipe was a contender for me before I knew someone else was bringing them!
Pumpkin Pie: If you need a tutorial on making the perfect coconut oil pie crust for pumpkin pie Traci’s post on making vegan pie crust was a life saver for me! I used the filling recipe from my own post and everyone loved it. I wouldn’t look any further for the best vegan pumpkin pie!
Chocolate Pecan Tart: This was a hit! I currently only have a few pieces left in my fridge and can’t wait to sneak a piece after dinner. If you are looking for something to serve all your guests, this is it. I had all of the ingredients on hand and had to keep myself from slicing into it before guests arrived. Tessa knows vegan/gluten free desserts and this is no exception!
That’s it! I hope this helps if you are looking for one last recipe for your perfect vegan Thanksgiving dinner. Go forth, eat carbs and drink wine! (Also, don’t our friends have the cutest baby?!)